Florida State is loaded with talent at the linebacker position but has just seven scholarship athletes on the roster, including two freshmen that have never played before.
Wednesday a host of future Florida State football players will put pen to paper and officially join the FSU family. Here's a look at what their soon-to-be teammates were ranked when they were going through the recruiting process.
Seminoles.com's Brandon Mellor looks back at what each returning football player did in 2012 and looks ahead at what to expect from them when spring practices get started.
Seminoles.com's Brandon Mellor breaks down FSU's returning defensive players and looks at the 'Noles' needs on the defensive line, at linebacker and in the secondary heading into National Signing Day 2013.
Halfway through the season, Seminoles.com's Brandon Mellor looks at the what each of the freshmen, redshirt freshman and junior-college transfers have done for the 'Noles.
2013 SPRING OUTLOOK: Talented third-year linebacker, who continues to get bigger and stronger and displays quickness and great ability to get to the ball. Will challenge for the starting job at strongside linebacker after serving as the backup last season.
2012: Redshirt freshman linebacker who excelled on special teams and a reserve linebacker...registered a career-high three tackles including a tackle for loss against Wake Forest...added two tackles against Boston College and Maryland and a half tackle for loss against the Terrapins.
2011: Earned a medical redshirt season after playing in the first two games of the season against ULM and Charleston Southern...registered one career tackle against Charleston Southern.
PERSONAL: Three-year starter at Southwest DeKalb where he developed his reputation as an outstanding pass rusher...enrolled at Florida State in January of 2011...three-star prospect by Rivals.com rated the No. 18 outside linebacker...has a four-star rating and ranked the No. 21 defensive end by Scout.com...rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports...rated the No. 26 outside linebacker by ESPN...as a senior amassed 60 tackles and 10 sacks in nine games...as a junior, had more than 120 tackles, 15 sacks and 15 tackles for loss...No. 27 on the SuperPrep Georgia 83...No. 34 on the Atlanta Journal Constitution's Top 50 Recruits...also enjoyed a standout career in track & field as a sprinter/jumper...chose the Seminoles over the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Ohio State, South Carolina and Vanderbilt...Smith's father, the late Terry Smith, starred as a wide receiver for Clemson in the 1990s...born May 3, 1993.